Oklahoma lawmakers file constitutional measure for monument
July 6, 2015 at 10:39 PM CDT - Updated July 11 at 1:37 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group of Oklahoma lawmakers has filed a constitutional amendment to remove language from the state constitution that the Supreme Court says prohibits a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.
Republican Rep. John Paul Jordan of Yukon is principal author of the resolution that calls for a statewide vote of the people to remove Article 2, Section 5 of the state constitution. The provision prohibits public money or property from being used for religious purposes. More than a dozen other lawmakers have signed on as co-authors.
Jordan says the court's strict interpretation of the language could have far-reaching implications, including removal of American Indian artwork in the Capitol and State Supreme Court buildings because they are religious in nature.